The Role of Information and Communication Technology (Ict) Toward Teachers’ Education in South West Nigeria: Impediments and the Way Forward (Published)
Information technology as we have today resulted from technological efforts in ancient civilization which started thousands of years ago. As civilization arose, the need to communicate, to document ideas and policies, and the need to keep track of figures became apparent. Ancient kingdoms were in desperate need of how to educate their princes and princesses in desired ways of acting and behaving. People were not able to communicate effectively across long distances greater high their voices could be hard and preservation of ideas were possible, were too crooked and cannot endure. It was not easy then for the society to spread its influence over others, not accumulate a rich cultural heritage. Thus, the social and cultural development of the community remained agonizingly slow. However with the recent development in science and technology the world as a whole as been reduced to a global village through the application of information communication technology. The survey takes a look at the role of ICT in Teachers ‘education in south West Nigeria. The design for the study was a survey method using interview. The population for the study was 1500 education students of college of Education, IkereEkiti where 100 pre-service teachers were purposively selected. The instrument is a questionnaire on accessibility and uses of ICT facilities for pre-service teachers in the study area. The instrument was validated by test experts, educational technologist and ICT experts,a reliability co-efficient of 0.75% were obtained from the reliability test conducted. Data collected were analyzed using simple percentage. The result shows that 35% of pre-service teachers have their personal computer and 45% of the lecture rooms have ICT facilities. Based on results of the findings it is recommended that effort should be made by the Government and stakeholders in the education sector to make ICT facilities available for pre-service teachers training. Apart from this, adequate workshop training and seminars for teachers should be organized in the colleges of Education on the operation of ICT facilities.